CERTO studied six case study areas spread across European coastal waters to provide a range of transitional environments to ensure a full range of Optical Water Types and associated algorithms were fully characterised and validated.
These six areas were spread all across Europe and provided contrasting environments to study, ranging from the large watersheds of the Elbe, Curonian and Tagus to the smaller catchments of the Tamar, Venice and Razelm-Sinoe. Four of the upstream regions cross geopolitical boundaries, which has complex implications for management of these areas.
In situ sampling was limited during the first year of the project due to COVID constraints, therefore early work focused on utilising existing data combined with satellite observations. Fortunately it was possible to undertake fieldwork during 2021 and 2022. Follow the links in the table below for reports from the sampling campaigns.
CERTO's case study overviews summarise the project's achievements in major European estuaries and coastal waters. These 2-page overviews explain how CERTO advanced monitoring and understanding of water quality in each ecosystem.
The summaries concisely cover the development of tailored indicators and products, integration of field data and satellites, and local benefits. The accessible format distills key innovations and insights from CERTO's work in each region.
Intended for a wide audience, the factsheets provide an introduction to CERTO's contributions in the Danube Delta, Tagus Estuary, and other major aquatic environments across Europe. Download the overviews below to learn about the localised benefits of CERTO.